Beertography Subject: Bell’s Hopslam Ale

Pours a slightly hazy orange color, with a single finger of foamy straw colored head.  Retention is minimal, with what little head there is quickly receding.  Lacing is good with large patches of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is a very powerful citrusy hops with sweet honey, caramel and malts. Before even smelling this, the hoppy aroma managed to travel all the way over to where I was.

Loads of pineapple right off the bat immediately dominate the palate, with mango and tangerine weaving in and out.  Hints of honey and resin creep in during the finish. Like the smell, powerful citrusy hops upfront followed by a sweet honey and malty flavor. For a flavor this strong, the aftertaste is surprisingly dry with only a slight bitter resin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel; on the lighter side of the carbonation spectrum, and light medium body, Hopslam goes down smooth and is very easy drinking despite being 10%.

I had high expectations for Hopslam and I’m happy to say I’m impressed with it. It’s got an excellent hoppy kick that I love and it’s incredibly easy to drink. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had and I will happily be looking out for this beer next year.

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